I have read before in previous articles that the strength of the caliphate is based in its territorial claims
and when those lands are retaken by infidels the caliphate can no longer be called as such and has to be disbanded
could this be the turning point in the battle against ISIS ?
I cant find it now but I think maybe two years ago i read a really detailed report on ISIS by a journalist who had explained that the caliphate cannot
exist as it is ideologically without its territorial claims , and when those territories fall so will the caliphate and this capture of the great
mosque is a swift and powerful blow to ISIS and its command of the region.
I also read that their apocalyptic view of the world and their prophecies required a caliphate to exist and also that the americans would be defeated
in a great battle with them over the caliphate
but this hasnt happned and Iraqi forces have defeated them this is indeed great news and lets hope this is "the" coup de grace
There's the above which you have already covered and then there is the question of whether or not Al Baghdadi was killed or not. If he is in fact
dead, his successor can not take the take of Caliph. To be a Caliph, one must be able to trace their lineage back to Muhammad, a claim Al Bagjdadi
was able to support apparently. It doesn't however mean the end of ISIS/DAESH as whoever takes over would just take the title of Imam. The recent
defeats and loss of nearly all of its territory does indeed end their dreams of a wahabist caliphate but like most radical organizations, they will
bury their heads, regroup and stick to committing acts of terror against civilians. Which again, with their loss of territory will make funding and
recruitment more difficult. Especially when they have no oil to sell to Turkey to finance their ops. I don't think we are seeing the end quite yet.
Just the end of this phase of its existence. Remember, we removed them taliban from power and control of Afghanistan 16 years ago and they are still
hanging around, regrouping. And restructuring while attacking civilians. It's an endless cycle.
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